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Policeman Nehum M. Pratte | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri


Nehum M. Pratte

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, June 17, 1861

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Unknown

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Policeman Pratte was shot and killed during a conflict between secessionists and Union soldiers in 1861. Five battalions of the 2nd Regiment, US Reserve Corps, Missouri Infantry Volunteers were marching through St. Louis on their return from St. Charles when a shot rang out from a second floor window on Olive Street. Another shot was simultaneously fired from the sidewalk by a man who had just been released after being arrested for yelling insults at the troops. The shots fatally wounded a Private and seriously injured a Captain, who is alleged to have given the order to return fire. Union troops began shooting, sending a volley of bullets into the crowd and several local buildings. Policeman Pratte, who was on the Recorder's Court balcony at the time, was struck in the lung by a bullet that entered the North courthouse window. He succumbed to the injury ten minutes later.

Policeman Pratte was 28 and had served with the St. Louis Police Department for almost 11 years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two small daughters, and he was interred in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 17, 2015


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